World news – The unpredictable McIlroy struggles to keep up with the glowing Koepka





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Brian Keogh

Rory McIlroy mixed the good, bad, and ugly in a roller coaster 70 to drop six shots behind a rejuvenated Brooks Koepka in the WGC Workday Championship at The Concession.

The co-down ace (31) only had 24 putts when he collected seven birdies, but he made too many mistakes by drawing a double bogey seven on the seventh and his third bogey of the day on the 18th. At five under par, he finished 13th when Koepka finally dropped his only shot of the day and carded a 66 to take Australian Cameron Smith (66), Billy Horschel (67) and Collin Morikawa (64 ) to take over. to 12-under.

Shane Lowry had a better day on the greens, making three birdies in a 70 to get into the top 30 at two-under, while Seamus Power made his first cut of the Puerto Rico Open at the Year made when he followed a 69 with a hard-fought 70,

« I’ve played well these two days and it’s obviously nice to get some weekend work for a change, » said the man from West Waterford, who is six shots behind Brandon Wu (24) and is in 23rd place with five under 23.

Pádraig Harrington saw two front nine birdies, which were cleared by a double bogey seven on the 15th when he shot 72, to make the cut with one shot that was spared to two under.

The Ryder Cup skipper was reunited with caddy Ronan Flood, who was recovering from the dizziness that led him to suspend play on opening day .

On the LPGA tour, Leona Maguire drove into the week on her debut in 2021 but she can’t wait for the ISPS HANDA World Invitational to cost 1.9 million euros this summer.

The event is hosted by pop star Niall Horans Modest! The agency for golf management will be jointly sanctioned by the European Tour, the LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour from July 28th to August 1st, with men and women dividing the huge wallets equally in Galgorm Castle and Massereene.

« Yes « It’s fantastic to have another event on home turf, » said the Slieve Russell star, who made four birdies and four bogeys in a second round of 72, three strokes behind Lydia Ko at Gainbridge LPGA 20th place went to Lake Nona, where she is now a member.

« Having a good start to the new year is always good and the first weekend of the year is pretty stress-free, which is very nice. »

Stephanie Meadow shot a second round of 72, but missed the cut on four-over when the 10-time major winner Annika Sorenstam shot 71 to sit just within the projected cut mark on two-over.

Ko was looking for her first win on the LPGA Tour since 2018, shooting 69 to lead to 10 under par with a shot from Nelly Korda (68).

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